Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand
The Professional Voice of Pharmacy
Ko te reo karanga o te roopu Kaitiaki Rongoa

Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand is a professional membership based association representing the pharmacy profession.

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Friday Newsroom Latest Edition

22 May 2020

Read the latest weekly news from Society. (PSNZ Login required)

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​Pharmacists call for extra funding for vulnerable populations

12 May 2020

The Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for all pharmacists, welcomes the Government’s announcement of $3.9 billion in extra funding for District Health boards in Budget 2020.

The Pharmaceutical Society is calling for District Health Boards to fund pharmacists to provide essential healthcare services for vulnerable populations as the New Zealand health system recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pacific Culture and Health - On Demand

Recognising that there are a number of health conditions which affect Pacific people more commonly than some other ethnicities, it is important as Pharmacists we understand the variety of Pacific nationalities and cultures within NZ.

Learn about patterns of ill-health within Pacific communities, the importance of family and religion, the challenges in accessing medicines and identify tools for improving interactions with our Pacific communities.

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Polypharmacy and Deprescribing

Polypharmacy is the prescribing of many medicines (five or more is a common number). In 2017, there were 244,648 people in New Zealand who fall into this category. This equals to 1,223,240 prescription items if each person only has 5 medicines. Pharmacist is in the best position to work with the patient to manage polypharmacy and avoid the addition of inappropriate medicine to an existing regime.

Join Dr Carl Hanger (Geriatrician at Canterbury DHB) to learn about the issue of polypharmacy, how to measure it and its consequences (such as adverse drug reactions and potentially inappropriate medications). You will also learn about factors that increase polypharmacy and where, what, how & who of deprescribing with the evidence around this.

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2020 College Learning

Take a look to find out about the new training topics being released by our College Education and Training team in the second half of 2020.

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